Category Archives: Transport

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Killing Bambi & Other Distractions

Much is made these days of the distractions of modern driving. Smartphones in particular come in for a lot of criticism although to be fair it of course the users who commit the crime. Our modern cars are full of such attention-takers. Touchscreens, over-talkative passengers, infotainment centres all distract drivers from keeping their eyes on the road, often with unwanted, inevitable and sometimes tragic consequences. Continue reading

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The State Of Our Roads

Ah yes, the state of our highways; a matter of long-standing, much discussed concern. Sadly, little progress seems to have been made because the condition and maintenance of Britain’s local roads continues to disappoint many UK drivers. Motoring Organisation the RAC have issued their Report on Motoring (HERE) which has found that 51% of road-users think local road conditions have worsened in the past year. Continue reading

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How Will Brexit Affect Irish Motorists?

The issue of Brexit is unavoidably going to affect pretty much every economic question regarding the UK for the next decade at least, and probably beyond. Nowhere is this more in evidence than across the Irish Sea, where Northern Ireland is leaving the EU and its neighbour to the South is staying in. Continue reading

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The MINI Adventure Is Over

This article was first published on Automoblog.net, America’s best automotive website: After the tragedy of the Second World War many things changed. It was as if a global decision had been made to change the attitude of living in the past and instead embrace a brave new world. So it was that in Britain the crooners and balladeers of the early 1950’s gave way to the pioneer rock and roll stars and the boss at the antiquated British Motor Corporation demanded that Great Britain should have its own ‘miniature’ car to rival the ‘bubble’ car from Germany. Enter the Mini. Continue reading

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Why The Grand Transport Plan Won’t Work

If I could I would travel on my long distance trips by train. It makes sense: it’s the ideal form of transport, someone else does the driving and I can have a snooze and arrive refreshed at my destination ready for action. I also would not have to drive many, many miles on Britain’s rotten roads, senses alert for the next hair-raising close call from the next idiot driver. I could do this: Continue reading

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2040: Yes, But Have They Thought It Through?

Following the government’s announcement that the sale of petrol and diesel cars must stop after 2040 a taxi driver was interviewed by some television Johnny. He was broadly in agreement with the idea but wondered how taxi drivers – for example – would manage given the EV range issue as it stands today. Continue reading

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Taking A Toll On Motorists

When political parties are in opposition it is easy for them to make promises no matter how pie in the sky they may be. Vote for us and sixteen year old’s will all earn £20 per hour! On your child’s birthday a unicorn will visit with a fairy princess! And so on. How many people remain so gullible as to believe anything any opposition politician of any party tells them? Quite a lot, it seems. Why the next thing you’ll know they will be turning up and speechifying at music festivals! The very idea. Continue reading

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The New VED Rates 2017

Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) has been a bane of motorists for almost as long as cars themselves. The Motor Car Act of 1903 required motorists to pay £1. Then a ‘road fund’ was established for the purpose of maintaining the roads but by 1937 the government of the time realised that this was a handy sum annually and absorbed it into general funds. The result is the system we have today and, as of April 1st, anyone buying a new car has to stump up VED. Motorparks, the national multi-brand new and used car dealership, kindly offer this comprehensive infographic to help drivers make sense of it all: Continue reading